What to Watch

What to Watch

Thursday, June 25, 2009

-- President Obama does his part to promote the summer service initiative his administration announced Monday, United We Serve, joining first lady Michelle Obama, congressional family members and nonprofit groups at 10 a.m. at Fort McNair to stuff 15,000 backpacks with books, snacks and other goodies to give to the children of service members.

The president also will hold a meeting on immigration reform with a select group of House and Senate members at the White House [Story, A3] and, in the evening, host a South Lawn picnic for congressional families.

-- Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, also promoting United We Serve, serves lunch to the homeless at the District charity SOME (So Others Might Eat) on O Street NW.

-- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood goes before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at 10 a.m. for a hearing on "Impacts of Expected Highway Trust Fund Insolvency."

-- Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. heads over to the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009.

-- The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health continues its hearings on the draft health-care reform proposal developed by three House committees, with a large lineup of witnesses representing the range of stakeholders.

-- It's also a big day for health-care reform lobbying, with events planned nationwide to support the president's efforts under the rubric of "Health Care 09. We Can't Wait." In the District, the coalition of progressive and labor interests is sponsoring a town hall meeting in the Capitol Visitor Center, a rally in the Upper Senate Park, a town hall at Union Station and meetings with members of Congress.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta fedcitydigest@washpost.com

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